Entries by David Ford

Some Historical Considerations

Dear Bob, In thinking about how to respond to your very engaging description of the spiritual life of Latter Day Saints, I’m reminded of a two-page hand-out that I developed for use in my teaching of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary.  And with this, the grievously vexing, impossible-to-ignore question comes rushing back: If […]

Called to be Saints

Dear David, Thank you very much for your personal testimony of your conversion to Christ, and your very clear recognition and understanding that that was just the beginning of a lifetime of growing in Him.  I very much liked how you wrote about “the task of learning how to become a faithful servant of a […]

“Let the Children Come Unto Me”

Dear Wesley, I’m so glad you mentioned children, saying, “When I sit with my two grandchildren on my lap, my Reformed theology gets undone.  The last thing in the world I want them to hear about is total depravity.  Rather, I want them to begin knowing how much they are loved, and that in their […]

Promptings towards a Sacramental Worldview

Thank you very much, Dr. King, for your efforts to bring some order of understanding to what seems to be the very complicated and divided landscape of the Anabaptist-Mennonite movement in America.  Your providing the link to the 24-point statement of belief given in the 1995 Mennonite Confession of Faith was very helpful. I’m especially […]

On the Real Possibility of Theosis

Dear Mark, Thank you for your well thought out and articulate description of how people in various strands of Lutheranism understand how to follow Jesus.  I appreciate how you are always trying to find points of contact with other expressions of Christianity. It certainly is interesting to learn that Luther allowed a continuation of more […]

A Different Path into Another Ancient Church

Dear Christina, Thank you very much for your heartfelt and forthright recounting of the journey into traditional Roman Catholicism that you and your family have made.  And thank you also for your frank assessment of social justice efforts on the part of the contemporary Roman Church. Since you’ve told us your basic story, I’ll share […]